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Masque facial Grebo Kru (N° 14574)
The African art of the shores of the Cavally and its fantastic masks
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Colorful expressionism for this version of the Kru mask combining cylindrical and cubic volumes. The flat surface is animated by tubular growths evoking extra lucid faculties, a nasal ridge and a quadrangular mouth, plated with aluminum leaves, overlapping. At the top, short horns frame feathers inserted into the wood giving the illusion of a spiky hairstyle. The mask extends into its inferentious part of a thick beard made of wool fibers. Metal rings, fixed on the contours, accompanied with their sound the movements of the dancer by clicking on the surface of the wood. Abraded speckled matte patina.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, based in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives reclusive in a box, the takae . Their masks with tubular growths are said to be of origin oubi , and could symbolize the mythical creatures that populate the forests of the shores of the Cavally, to which the people address through ritual ceremonies. The interest of Cubist painters and modern sculptors in the abstract forms of the Grebo mask could be seen in some of their works, such as Picasso's metal guitar in 1914.
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, fibres de coton, plumes|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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